Dominique Jean Larrey was a French military surgeon during the Napoleonic times. A man of great compassion and devotion to his patients, Larrey espoused values and commitment to his profession which are still reflected by health care professionals today. His practical and innovative thinking led to great improvements and change in patient care - in his development of the first purpose built ambulances and invention of the triage system. Larrey was a man who employed practical research in his every day thinking and observations, without realizing that the outcomes of his innovative ideas would have a lasting and positive impact on today's society.
Philip Nestor, QAP, ADHS (Ambulance Officer), MIAO, is an Ambulance Paramedic/Instructor with the Metropolitan Ambulance Service in Melbourne, Australia
Phil has also served as a Medical Assistant with the Royal Australian Air Force.
"Baron Dominique Jean Larrey 1766 – 1842,"
Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care:
3, Article 52.
Available at: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/jephc/vol1/iss3/52